Majority against allowing motorcycle lane-splitting - 517 participants

Aug 09, 2016

Earlier this month, the California Legislature passed a bill to allow motorcycle lane-splitting. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, the state highway patrol will be responsible for setting guidelines for lane-splitting. The New Hampshire Legislature considered a bill to allow lane-splitting in 2016, but the bill failed. Read more about this issue. On August 9, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH pass a bill next year to allow motorcycle lane-splitting?”

“Should NH pass a bill next year to allow motorcycle lane-splitting?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Motorcycle Lane Splitting NH Citizen Voices Chart


Participation: 517 participants gave 1,217 responses

A total of 82% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 18% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 1,217 responses from 517 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 81%, oppose allowing motorcycle lane-splitting.

  • “It's hard enough to see behind yourself as you're making a lane change from left to right. I'd prefer if motorcycles weren't given the go ahead to squeeze through that blind spot because they are too impatient to wait for the traffic.”
  • “I think it will lead to more accidents. Most people don't pay enough attention to bikes when they are in a whole lane by themselves, let alone splitting.”
  • “I ride and I don't agree with lane splitting. You are a vehicle on the road. Follow the same rules as cars. Just because you are smaller does not give you special driving laws.”

Yes: A minority, at 19% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, support allowing motorcycle lane-splitting.

  • “Yes. If they become reckless, they are only endangering themselves.”
  • “The U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that does not allow or accept lane splitting. Done in proper fashion, lane splitting has been tested and proven to be safer.”
  • “People that are against it are just ignorant and think lane splitting is done when you are going 45+ mph. It helps with traffic jams and is much safer for motorcyclists.”

Other: As noted above, 18% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Concern for public safety: “You will take your life in your own hands with all the distracted drivers and the elderly that get scared when a bike goes flying by in traffic.”
  • Alternative legislation: “How about we pass a bill that states when traffic stops that the lanes have to split to allow an emergency vehicles like ambulance, fire and police to pass?”
  • Circumstances in other states: “Motorcycles have been lane splitting in California for years.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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